For senior running back Nick Brossette, 2018 is literally his now-or-never season.
The former four-star prospect who came to LSU after a record-setting high school career has found himself consistently as the odd man out amid a loaded depth chart. It was fellow classmate Derrius Guice who earned reps as a freshman in 2015 behind Leonard Fournette and Darrell Williams. Guice would run to an All-SEC sophomore season in 2016 and then team with Williams as a potent one-two punch in 2017.
All the while, Brossette watched.
To his credit, when Brossette has gotten his chance, he has done well.
He played on special teams in nine games as a freshman before a torn ACL ended his rookie season. Through three seasons in Baton Rouge, the University High product has carried 46 times for 306 yards. He even popped a 60 yarder against Missouri during his sophomore season. Averaging 6.7 yards per carry is solid. The sample size, however, is not.
In fact, Brossette’s career may be most noted for his fumble on the opening snap against Troy last season in a game the Tigers would eventually lose, 24-21. After the game, Ed Orgeron admitted he wanted Williams to get the carry saying, “Our third-string running back got the ball.”
Now, that third-string back in vying to become the feature back in his final season in Baton Rouge. At 6-feet, 218 pounds, Brossette looks the part of an every down SEC back. But, if he is going to get his opportunity, he will have to fight off challengers again.
Sophomore Clyde Edwards-Helaire looked to be the No. 1 back coming out of spring, leading the team in rushing during the spring game. Junior Lanard Fournette, the younger brother of Leonard, is still on the roster and two incoming freshmen could make noise in fall camp. Tae Provens was an early enrollee and Chris Curry is a thumper out of Florida who has drawn comparisons to NFL star Marshawn Lynch.
Competition is nothing new for Louisiana’s all-time high school rushing touchdown leader. Oddly, he’s yet to score a collegiate touchdown. He’s got one more chance to change that.
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